The trouble with the world is that the stupid are cocksure and the intelligent are full of doubt. – Bertrand Russell
Many creative professionals suffer from what’s known as imposter syndrome, particularly women. Imposter syndrome is a psychological phenomenon in which one experiences pangs of crippling self-doubt that increase with career success. Rather than feeling empowered by achievements, those with imposter syndrome secretly worry they will be discovered as frauds although they earned their accolades.
I’ve dealt with imposter syndrome in my own career, and explored the concept in this quote graphic. I took a long exposure photo shot on board a moving bus while spinning my camera to create a swirling, spiral light effect. I believe the chaotic light trail background in this design conveys the internal strife of a self-doubting artist. I used Adobe Illustrator to set the type in a stacked layout so as to represent the overwhelming sensation of inner monologue.